Archive for January, 2009

Super Bowl Ad for the Animals

By on January 30, 2009 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized
Super Bowl Ad for the Animals

© llimllib/Creative Commons I can’t think of many television events where people anxiously await the commercials, but that’s the case with the NFL Super Bowl tradition. And the good news is, animal advocates have a bit of a reason to celebrate this year—with at least one of the commercials that’s scheduled to run crafted around . . . 

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For Fur, It Ain’t Easy Being Green

By on January 29, 2009 in Humane Society International
For Fur, It Ain’t Easy Being Green

It’s hard to believe he had the brashness to make the claim, but Fur Council of Canada executive vice president Alan Herscovici said last year, “You want to help nature? Ride your bike to work, put out your blue box and buy a fur coat.” It was another salvo in the Fur Council’s deceptive campaign . . . 

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Talk Back: Second Chance Stories

Last week I posted our "Change Agenda for Animals"—a 100-point checklist of critical animal protection reforms—and asked you to weigh in on what you consider the top five priorities. It's been fascinating to track your varied responses. If you haven't already, remember to make your voice heard on what reforms you consider the most urgent . . . 

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Cock-a-Doodle-Don’t

By on January 27, 2009 in Uncategorized
Cock-a-Doodle-Don’t

Not long ago enjoying a free pass—essentially, with lawmakers and law enforcement looking the other way—cockfighters in America are now on the run and in desperate trouble. Over just the last two weeks, law enforcement, often working with The HSUS, raided eight cockfighting pits and four farms that bred roosters. These actions resulted in the . . . 

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A Happy Trail: From Slaughterhouse Door to Show Ring Champ

By on January 26, 2009 in Animal Rescue and Care
A Happy Trail: From Slaughterhouse Door to Show Ring Champ

Here’s a remarkable story: A horse once on the sales block for slaughter is the recipient of one of the horse industry’s most coveted prizes. Jamaica, 2008 USEF Horse of the Year. Recently, a 17-year-old horse named Jamaica won the title of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Horse of the Year. Deemed the nation’s . . . 

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On the Scene in Mississippi

By on January 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

Today I'm in Olive Branch, Miss., near the Tennessee border, at an HSUS raid of a major suspected cockfighting operation. Here's a report from the field.

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When Will Petland Get It?

When Will Petland Get It?

A West Virginia television station reported earlier this week that local police seized a dog at the private home of a manager of a Petland store in South Charleston. Unfortunately, one of his dogs had already been found dead—a Great Dane left outside in the freezing cold and chained beside a dog house. One neighbor, . . . 

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Animal Emergency at Inaugural

Animal Emergency at Inaugural

© The HSUS/RileyMouse awaits rescue. Yesterday’s Inaugural was uneventful for animals, except for one glaring exception. Just before the celebration down Pennsylvania Avenue was to commence, there was a collision between a heavy duty truck and one of the parade horses, a 10-year-old named Mouse, whose leg got caught in the grill and winch of . . . 

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We Need Your Vote on Components of “Change Agenda for Animals”

We Need Your Vote on Components of “Change Agenda for Animals”

As a marker of a healthy democracy, there is nothing to match the spectacle of seeing a new American president sworn in. This transfer of political authority is one of the foundation stones of democratic government, and a reminder that the people of America ultimately hold the power. © iStockphoto With the changing of the . . . 

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Talk Back: Puppy Protests

By on January 16, 2009 in Companion Animals
Talk Back: Puppy Protests

Lots of feedback about last Saturday’s nationwide rallies at 22 Petland stores. Most people are terribly disappointed that Petland continues to try to hide behind false claims. Our eight-month investigation exposed the chain as the nation’s largest retail supporter of puppy mills. HSUS investigators visited 21 Petland stores, traced the origins of about 17,000 puppies . . . 

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